Global Express & Small Parcels 2018
In terms of headline growth, at least, these are good times for express parcels carriers. According to Ti’s figures contained in this report, the market will grow by 8.6% in 2018, following on from just slightly higher levels of expansion in 2017. The development of the market is evenly split, with both domestic and international markets growing at about the same rate: 8.7% and 8.1% respectively.
The market is not only benefiting from a strong economic environment which is driving B2B volumes, but from the continued expansion of e- commerce, manifesting itself in high B2C growth rates. As is discussed in detail in this report, this has provided many carriers, not least the global integrators, with the headache of how to adapt their networks, pricing and operations to lower value e-commerce volumes both domestically and, increasingly, internationally.
The importance of crossborder e-commerce is undoubtedly an issue for the global players and a factor in the growth of this part of the industry. Expansion of the international market by 8.6% in 2017 was an acceleration of 3.2% percentage points over the previous year and e- commerce volumes were a major causal factor in this trend.
Although the majority of the parcels shipped crossborder will have benefited the networks of the postal operators (which charge just a few dollars per parcel) the growth of the express market is testament to the increasing willingness of consumers to pay for faster, tracked delivery, at least for higher value purchases. UPS has gone on record as saying that it had seen a “continued shift” towards its premium Worldwide Express and Transborder Express services, while DHL’s time definite international (TDI) package volumes grew at almost 10% last year.